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Malachi Constant Quotes

11 of the best book quotes from Malachi Constant
  1. #1
    “When I ran my space ship into the chrono-synclastic infundibulum, it came to me in a flash that everything that has been always will be, and everything that ever will be always has been.” He chuckled again. “Knowing that rather takes the glamour out of fortunetelling—makes it the simplest, most obvious thing imaginable.”
  2. #2
    “He was too good a soldier to go around asking questions, trying to round out his knowledge.
    A soldier’s knowledge wasn’t supposed to be round.”
  3. #3
    “Unk, old friend—almost everything I know for sure has come from fighting the pain from my antenna […] Whenever I start to turn my head and look at something, and the pain comes, I keep turning my head anyway, because I know I am going to see something I’m not supposed to see. Whenever I ask a question, and the pain comes, I know I have asked a really good question […] The more pain I train myself to stand, the more I learn. You are afraid of the pain now, Unk, but you won’t learn anything if you don’t invite the pain. And the more you learn, the gladder you will be to stand the pain.”
  4. #4
    ″A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
  5. #5
    “As free as it wanted to be—that’s how free the free will of Boaz was.”
  6. #6
    “ ‘Luck, good or bad,’ said Rumfoord up in his treetop, ‘is not the hand of God.’
    ‘Luck,’ said Rumfoord up in his treetop, ‘is the way the wind swirls and the dust settles eons after God has passed by.’ ”
  7. #7
    “At the hospital they even had to explain to Unk that there was a radio antenna under the crown of his skull, and that it would hurt him whenever he did something a good soldier wouldn’t ever do. The antenna also would give him orders and furnish drum music to march to. They said that not just Unk but everybody had an antenna like that—doctors and nurses and four-star generals included. It was a very democratic army, they said.”
  8. #8
    “His system was so idiotically simple that some people can’t understand it, no matter how often it is explained. The people who can’t understand it are people who have to believe, for their own peace of mind, that tremendous wealth can be produced only by tremendous cleverness.”
  9. #9
    “The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody,” she said, “would be to not be used for anything by anybody.”
  10. #10
    “He watched and recorded their subversive activities with love, amusement, and detachment.”
  11. #11
    “Always pitiful when any human being falls into a condition hardly more respectable than that of an animal. How much more pitiful it is when the person who falls has had all the advantages!”